National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia), Mexico City

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Enrich your tour of the city with a history lesson at National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia), one of Mexico's premier cultural institutions. Established in 1964, this comprehensive museum contains important artifacts from the country's pre-Columbian past. Major highlights include an Aztec stone calendar and a 16th-century statue of Xochipilli, Aztec god of art, games, flowers, and song. After you piece together Mexico's pre-Hispanic past, visit the upper display halls to learn how the country's indigenous cultures live today. Rent an audio guide at the entrance if you wish to explore on your own, or join one of the museum's free guided tours. Plan your visit to National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia) and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Mexico City trip itinerary maker.
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  • August 16, 2017
    This Museum takes you through the various stages of the history of mankind and of Mexico, you can appreciate native cultures and learn about them. The source is something to see and enjoy. The restaurant is not anything surprising, it would be good to find typical food of good quality.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Very well organized and comprehensive Museum. Essential to know the history of formation of the Mexican culture. Highly recommended go accompanied of a good tour guide to explain the details of each item. Go with time and explore all the most.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Great museum divided in different expositions that represent the different eras of Mexico from the beginning of time all the way until the official foundation of this great country. Take your time to ...  more »
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  • July 4, 2017
    Absolutely huge museum covering various aspects of human habitation in Mexico, from prehistoric man through to native American culture and colonial times. You'll need an entire day or more to see and read every exhibit on show. I whizzed through it in 3 hours before getting hungry and realising there's a second floor too! Give the on-site restaurant a try when you're finished, the waiters speak English and provide English menus. Great place to pick up souvenirs too. Recommended.
  • June 17, 2017
    Incredible museum. Lots of English labels but keep your translate app handy. It was huge. We spent the entire day and never made it to the second floor (modern or recent history). The first floor is ancient history. The restaurant has great for options especially for tourists.
  • June 27, 2017
    Don't even think about missing it! Beautiful building with fountains, plazas, surrounding gardens and places to sit & rest make this the most inviting museum I've ever visited. This, on top of their truly fabulous (and well-displayed) collection. Nice café too, and very helpful personnel when I ran into some altitude-related health problems.
  • June 25, 2017
    A world class museum. Be prepared to spend the whole day there, and wear very comfortable shoes. Last time I walked this much in one museum I was in the Hermitage in St Petersburg Russia. I had no idea humanity had so many artifacts from the indian tribes and that they were so good, so well preserved and well presented. Lots of the museum is in English and Spanish, but some parts are Spanish only, so bring your cell phone and google translate!
  • July 5, 2017
    There is so much rich content in the museum. If you love anthropology and Mexican history you can get lost here for hours. I had to leave but decided to come back later the same day because I could not get enough. Ask the staff to suggest keys interest areas to look at bc there is just so much.

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